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The Heart of Matters - pt 6 (Connection)

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Katie Myers continues our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Katie opens up on the the value of connection, and how, in the pursuit of Jesus, our barriers must be torn down so that we can truly share our lives with those around us.

The stuff it takes to be intimate is authenticity,
vulnerability, and a belief that other people are about as good and bad as we are.
— Donald Miller

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The Heart of Matters - pt 5 (Celebration)/Central Vineyard 2nd Birthday

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This week we celebrate our second birthday as we continue our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight of the important kingdom values we strive to embody as we pursue Jesus together. Cam Thorp kicks things off by discussing the importance of Celebration, this is embodied as people share stories of how God has worked through Central Vineyard in their lives. Rob Wiseman closes by sharing Central Vineyard's story thus far.

A healthy faith before God cannot be built and maintained, without heartfelt celebration of his greatness and goodness in the midst of our suffering and terror.
— Dallas Willard

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The Heart of Matters - pt 4 (Diversity)

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This week we are halfway through our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. We are challenged by our value of diversity, and how the image of God in every human demands that we step out of our comfortable lives and into the awkwardness of unknown relationships.

When you enter into diversity, the rules change. It’s harder work. Sensitivities start getting exposed.
— Matt Chandler

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The Heart of Matters - pt 3 (Wholeness)

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Cam Thorp continues our series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Cam shares on the the value of wholeness, and how loving God with our whole selves requires us to become aware of all of who we are.

Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
— The Shema

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The Heart of Matters - pt 2 (Family)

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Jesse Boyce continues our new series, "The Heart of Matters" looking at eight important kingdom values and how we embody them together. Jesse shares a talk on the the value of family, and how Jesus invites us into an elevated view of family – one we are adopted into right now.

God decided in advance to adopt us into his
own family by bringing us to himself through
Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do,
and it gave him great pleasure.
— Ephesians 1:5

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 8 (Persevering Prayer)

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Dan Sheed finishes our series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can. Dan shares a talk on the formational work of habitual prayer and how we can build a perseverant prayer life in the midst of our lives now.

The first and most basic thing we can and must do is to keep God before our minds. This is the fundamental secret of caring for our souls.
— Dallas Willard

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 7 (Un-answered Prayer)

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Cameron Thorp continues our series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can. Cam shares an important message on how we pray while dealing with living in the gap of the "now and not yet Kingdom".

We plead and we cry and we shout and we pace, just as we would pray and praise and sing and dance. We return over and over until the mountain is moved or our hearts have changed.
— Justin McRoberts

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 6 (Ministry Prayer)

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Weymond Fong continues our series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can. Weymond shares some inspiring stories from his experience of praying for people and how prayer can be used to minister to people who need it right now.

You can’t learn to heal the sick by reading a book or mastering a technique. You believe what Jesus promised and then you get and do it.
— John Wimber

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 5 (Silence and Solitude)

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Strahan Coleman continues our series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can. Strahan shares on what happened when Christ went to places of silence and solitude, and how needed it is for us to do the same in this fast-paced world.

Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness.
God is always speaking; he’s always doing something.
— Henri Nouwen

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 4 (Intercession and Petition)

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Dan Sheed continues our series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can. Dan shares a deep talk on the reframing work of Christ which means we are tasked with being "a living wailing wall" as part of our care for the world and each other.

The invitation to pray intercession and petition, is an invitation to care. A church that doesn’t intercede is a church that doesn’t care about the brokenness in the world today.

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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 1 (Lord, teach us to pray)

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Dan Sheed kicks off our new series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can, emphasis being on the fact that this is all about pursuing Jesus as the One to emulate.

Most people are bored with prayer because they aren’t actually praying. They’re pretending. They are filtering things and then bringing what’s left to God. The Psalmists don’t do that. Morning, noon and night they honestly cry out to God.
— John Mark Comer

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"In Jesus, amen" - Prayer of Examen

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Prayer of Examen" is a prayer exercise which helps you to reflect on your day with gratitude and notice where God was at work.
(Sourced from ignatianspirituality.com, produced by Strahan Coleman, voice by Shana Lang, music by Rhys Machell, recorded by Vivek Gabriel)

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"In Jesus, amen" - Lectio Divina (pt 1/3)

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Lectio Divina" is a guided reading of Luke 11 for you to explore the scripture reading in a deeper way.
(Written and produced by Strahan Coleman, voice by Shana Lang, music by Rhys Machell and record by Vivek Gabriel)

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"In Jesus, amen" - Spiritus Oratio

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Spiritus Oratio" is instrumental music, ideal for you to use for your own free prayer. No words, no rules, just beautiful music and freedom.
(Music by Rhys Machell)

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Guest Speaker: Sam Harvey

Guest speaker Sam Harvey shares on Isaiah 6, and our response to God's nature, God's mercy and God's mission.

We’re more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ that we ever dared hope.
— Tim Keller

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Guest Speaker: Scottie Reeve

Guest speaker Scottie Reeve from Blueprint Church in Wellington shares on how Jesus went to the wrong places, at the wrong times, to the wrong people – and challenges us to do the same.

To be present to God is to be where God is–to be present to God with our hearts but also our bodies–it’s not enough just to relocate our spirit, we must relocate our bodies as well, and that is where the transforming discipleship happens. ... Anchor your soul in the depths of God and your feet where Jesus is.

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